China: immediately release #MeToo activist and fellow civil society advocate

China: immediately release #MeToo activist and fellow civil society advocate

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Human Rights Defenders, September 21, 2021) One journalist and one activist have gone missing for two days. Colleagues and friends fear that police took them into custody in Guangzhou. CHRD urges Chinese authorities to investigate their whereabouts and, if confirmed, release them immediately and unconditionally.

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RSF and 44-NGO coalition urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to release Covid-19 reporter on hunger strike

RSF and 44-NGO coalition urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to release Covid-19 reporter on hunger strike

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On September 17th, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of 44 human rights NGOs urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to exonerate and release Covid-19 reporter Zhang Zhan, who has been on hunger strike since May 2020, for which she was forced-fed.

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The Chinese government should have investigated a lawyer’s torture allegations, not tortured him again

The Chinese government should have investigated a lawyer’s torture allegations, not tortured him again

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CHRD condemns the Chinese government’s latest alleged torture of Chang Weiping and urges the international community to hold China to account for its blatant disregard of its human rights obligations

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Hong Kong: Drop Charges Against Vigil Organizers

Hong Kong: Drop Charges Against Vigil Organizers

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CHRD joined 61 other groups in calling on the Hong Kong government to drop all charges against leaders of the civic group that had been holding annual mass vigils in Victoria Park commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre.

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Persecution of the Hong Kong Alliance makes a mockery of NSL promises

Persecution of the Hong Kong Alliance makes a mockery of NSL promises

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CHRD condemns the ongoing persecution against the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movement of China (“the Hong Kong Alliance”), and in particular, the arrest on Thursday of chairman Lee Cheuk-yan, vice-chairs Chow Hang-tung and Albert Ho on the charge of “inciting subversion”, which could carry a (read more…)

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As China Rolled Out Its COVID-19 Shots, Victims of Earlier Vaccine Scandals Vanished

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By Renee Xia July 24, 2021 He Fangmei was seven months pregnant when she, her husband, and their two young children were taken from their home in Henan province by authorities last October. They have not been heard from since. A 2018 scandal involving the Chinese vaccine manufacturer Changsheng Bio (read more…)

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In China, ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ Is the Only Accepted Religion

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It is no surprise that China under President Xi Jinping is becoming increasing hostile to freedom of religion. However, recent cases show some of the main tactics the government is employing to control and suppress Christianity in China. This includes forcing independent churches to join religious organizations supervised by the (read more…)

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Germany must stop deportation of Chinese Activist Liu Bing

Germany must stop deportation of Chinese Activist Liu Bing

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CHRD urgently urges the German government not to return activist Liu Bing to China, where he is at risk of torture and ill-treatment, as well as detention and unfair trial.

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Attacks on foreign journalists in China cast shadow over Beijing’s upcoming Olympics

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By William Nee  On July 20, in the central plains of Henan province, one of China’s most important regional cities, Zhengzhou, received a record-shattering 622mm of rainfall within a 24-hour period. It was described as a “once in a millennium” event in Chinese media.  As the rains fell, videos of unimaginable devastation and heroic (read more…)

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Chinese Authorities Must Release Three NGO Staff Sentenced by Changsha Intermediate Court, End Crackdown on Rights Advocacy

Chinese Authorities Must Release Three NGO Staff Sentenced by Changsha Intermediate Court, End Crackdown on Rights Advocacy

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CHRD condemns the Changsha Municipal Intermediate Court’s secret sentencing of three mainland Chinese NGO workers Cheng Yuan (程渊), Liu Dazhi (刘大志), and Wu Gejianxiong (吴葛健雄). The verdicts were issued behind closed doors on July 20, according to information pieced together by Cheng Yuan’s wife, Shi Minglei. Concluding a legal process (read more…)

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71 NGOs and Individuals Sign Open Letter: Stop Prosecution of Tiananmen Vigil Organizer Chow Hang-tung

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“We, a group of 71 international non-governmental organizations and individuals, are writing to call on your government to drop the charge of “inciting unauthorized assembly” against Chow Hang-tung (鄒幸彤) and unconditionally release her. Ms. Chow is a barrister and vice president of the civil society group Hong Kong Alliance, which organizes (read more…)

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China: End Persecution of Free Speech with Frivolous Crimes

China: End Persecution of Free Speech with Frivolous Crimes

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An overview of the legal proceedings of three cases of human rights defenders in pre-trial detention demonstrates how the Chinese government counters dissent using the ever-stretchable criminal charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.

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